Frederick Beasley Alexander playing a low forehand volley
|Full name||Frederick Beasley Alexander|
|Country (sports)||United States|
August 14, 1880|
Sea Bright NJ, USA
March 3, 1969 (aged 88)|
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
|Turned pro||1899 (amateur tour)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||1991 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (1909, Karoly Mazak)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1908)|
|US Open||F (1908)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1908)|
|US Open||W (1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1917)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||F (1918)|
|Davis Cup||F (1908Ch)|
Frederick Beasley Alexander (August 14, 1880 – March 3, 1969) was an American tennis player in the early 20th century. He won the singles title at the 1908 Australasian Championships and six double titles at Grand Slam events.
The right-handed Alexander in 1908 became the first foreigner to win the singles title at the Australasian/Australian Championships, the amateur precursor to the Australian Open. He then teamed with the man he defeated in the final, Alfred Dunlop, to win the doubles.
Alexander attended Princeton University and won the Intercollegiate doubles championship in 1900 and the singles in 1901. Between 1904 and 1918, he was a U.S. top ten player at year's end six times and was ranked the U.S. No. 3 in 1908 and the World No. 7 for 1909 by Karoly Mazak. He was a finalist in doubles at the U.S. Championships, precursor to the US Open, seven straight times beginning in 1905. He and partner Harold Hackett won the U.S. doubles each year from 1907 to 1910. At age 37, Alexander won again in 1917, partnering with Harold Throckmorton. In the singles, Alexander reached the all comers final in 1908, beating William Clothier before losing to Beals Wright.
He competed in the USA Davis Cup team in 1908 which lost the final against Australia at the Albert Ground, Melbourne. Alexander lost both his singles matches against Norman Brookes and Anthony Wilding as well as the doubles match against these two together with his partner Beals Wright.
In 1915 he authored How to Play Lawn Tennis, part of the Spalding's athletic library series.
U.S. Indoor Championships
- Men's Doubles champion: 1906, 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1917
Grand Slam finals
Singles (1 title)
|Winner||1908||Australasian Championships||Grass||Alfred Dunlop||3–6, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2, 6–3|
Doubles (6 titles, 5 runner-ups)
- Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 37.
- "U. S. Open 1908". www.tennis.co.nf.
- "Davis Cup – Player Profile Fred Alexander". International Tennis Federation (ITF). Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "How to play lawn tennis". Open Library.
- "Hall of Famers – Fred Alexander". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- Fred Alexander at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Fred Alexander at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Fred Alexander at the International Tennis Federation
- Fred Alexander at the Davis Cup